Equine Advocate’s Summit a Success

Report by Carol Walker ~ Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“The Summit was packed full of extremely useful information…”

I arrived at Equine Advocates on Friday afternoon, and was warmly welcomed by Susan Wagner, and given a personal tour of the Sanctuary. I got to meet horse, and burros and minis and two mustangs, Nelson and Hayden. All the horses looked very content, and were happy to greet new human visitors.

Equine Advocate’s Education and Welcome Center

The Summit took place in the beautiful Education Center at the Sanctuary, which seats up to 140 but was cozy enough to not feel impersonal. In the morning there were morning treats and juice and coffee for the all the conference participants and speakers who mingled and talked before the conference started.

When it began, Susan Wagner spoke about the Summit Agenda and a desire to keep moving forward. She read a wonderful letter from Gloria Steinem about ending the use of PMU.

The first, keynote speaker was Paula Bacon, the former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas and passionate proponent of ending horse slaughter. She was charming and funny and dedicated to the welfare of the horses.

The second speaker was John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance. His report on horses being shipped to Mexico was extremely detailed and well researched, and gave a detailed picture of what has been happening and the changes that are taking place.

Vicki Burns was next, formerly of the Winnipeg Humane Society, and she gave us insight into the PMU industry in Canada, now moving/moved to China.

We had a wonderful catered vegan lunch outside under the tent where we could enjoy views of the sanctuary as we ate.

After lunch, Dr. Jerilynn Prior, Professor of Endocrinology at the Department of Medicine at the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research gave us the answers we have all been wanting to have handy – what to use instead of Primarin – she says there are many solutions none of which include Premarin, to help women dealing with side effects of menopause.

The emotional end of the day was the first showing of a film“One Day” by Victoria Racimo and TanNa Young about the rescue of the racing mare “Our Mims” and the woman who saved her and started a sanctuary for older race mares.

Day Two began with opening remarks from Karen and Susan Wagner.

Then I (Carol Walker of WHFF) gave my presentation about fighting to save Wyoming’s wild horses which included a slideshow set to music of horses in Adobe Town, the roundup, the holding facilities, and the rescued horses going to Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. Then I outlined the BLM’s plans for sterilization studies.

Next Debbie Coffey of WHFF gave a short summary of wild horse issues focusing on the online adoption process, the secret bait trapping and ending giving an update about Cloud.

Loni Stewart, of the Canadian Horse Defense was next with a comprehensive report on Canadian Horse Slaughter today complete with documentation and videos.

The last speaker before lunch was Russ Mead, Esq., General Council for the Animal law Coalition. He gave strategies for making changes in animal welfare, and stories about making a difference on the local, regional and national level.

We had another lovely catered lunch under the tents and this time the sun was out. Summit participants strolled the grounds of the sanctuary and became acquainted with the horses and burros.

After lunch, Holly Cheever, DVM presented about professional equine groups and their support of horse slaughter, and why.

The day ended with Alex Brown showing his new three part series Horses, Sports, Culture and Slaughter.

The Summit was packed full of extremely useful information, and was a wonderful opportunity to network with and talk to experts in many different areas of equine welfare, all with a common goal of improving the lives of horses.

The presentations, with the exclusion of Russ Mead’s, will all be online and available to listen to soon at the Equine Advocates website.

9 comments on “Equine Advocate’s Summit a Success

  1. Thank you for the up date. Very informative.. I will down load some of the info for my US Legislators. Its time to end the misery and death which is perpratrated by some people on God’s lovely creatures! Horses are very spiritual.

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  2. Thank you, Carol for your wonderful review of the 2015 American Equine Summit. Personally, I am in awe of the photos that you take and the way you have documented the family structure of wild horses on the range and the devastating effects of separating them during the horrendous, cruel, inhumane and completely unnecessary BLM round-ups. You and Debbie Coffey did a masterful job of updating all of us on the current state of affairs and explaining how advocates can be more effective. That really was the theme of this year’s Summit whether we are dealing with horse slaughter, PMU, wild horse affairs and any other equine issue. I want to thank all of our truly magnificent speakers for taking the time to create and deliver some really outstanding presentations. They came to Equine Advocates in Chatham, NY from as far away as Manitoba, Ontario, Oregon, California, Colorado, Virginia and Maryland, as well as from New York State…And some of our attendees also traveled far distances to come here from as far away as Texas, Minnesota, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Arizona and from all across New England and the eastern U.S. – plus from Ontario! On behalf of everyone at Equine Advocates, I want to thank all of the participants for making this year’s Summit an inspiring, informative and empowering event. As Carol Walker previously mentioned, we will be making most of these presentations available online for public viewing in about two weeks. Sincerely, Susan Wagner, President, Equine Advocates

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  3. Thank you for posting an update Carol. I look forward to watching the presentations. I wish I had known earlier about the conference, I would have taken in the conference and vacationed in Maine with my family. Maybe another time. I certainly want to keep learning and becoming a more effective advocate for our Wild Horses & Burros.

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  4. I hope to attend a future equine summit, this sounds to be very encouraging for advocates, and for our horses.
    BTW, Animal Law Coalition’s representative is Russ Mead, not “Mean”.

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